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RELEASE: Rep. Koznick to Offer Amendment Utilizing Current Funds, Opposing Democrats Metro Area Tax Increases for Riot Relief

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

RELEASE: Rep. Koznick to Offer Amendment Utilizing Current Funds, Opposing Democrats Metro Area Tax Increases for Riot Relief
Koznick Proposes $300 Million in Aid to Minneapolis and St. Paul

ST. PAUL, MN—State Representative Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, will offer an amendment in the House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division today that would provide $300 million to DEED for a civil unrest relief program to assist entities harmed by recent civil unrest.

“Civil unrest in Minneapolis and St. Paul has resulted in unknown millions of dollars’ worth of damage for thousands of businesses,” said Rep. Koznick. “These businesses provide goods, services, and income for families in the neighborhoods they serve. While it is important that the state provide assistance to help these communities recover, Republicans will not stand by and let Democrats fleece Minnesotans for the failed policies of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Instead of immediately raising taxes or using general fund dollars at a time when the state has a significant budget deficit, Hennepin and Ramsey County should cover the costs associated with vandalism and looting by using reserve accounts they have built up over the years through transit sales and use tax reserves. Raising taxes on Anoka, Dakota, Scott, Carver and Washington County residents when unemployment claims are at a record high of over 700,000, is the last thing families need. These bills need better vetting and lawmakers must take time to put the best options forward.”

The Koznick language amends House File 6 and would provide an additional $175 million above the bill’s $125 million appropriation. Further, the Koznick language would utilize existing Hennepin and Ramsey County transportation sales and use tax reserves to fund the program instead of a general fund appropriation.

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